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The Craziest Swimming Pools in the World

Frm Nster

If you are looking for some interesting design ideas, you might generally look at trade magazines, hotel resorts or water parks when you are on vacation, or search sites like Houzz, Pinterest, or Architectural Digest.  This post from Nster gives you a different source of inspiration:  A compendium of the craziest swimming pools in existence.  

Whether it is the Devil's pool in Zambia, the Bottomless Pool in Bali, or the Sky Pool in Mexico City, these amazing architectural feats can prime your creative juices to inspire some different features and designs for your own outdoor inground swimming pool and outdoor living project.

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Pools Filled With Beer: They Exist

From Aqua

In a departure from our usual attempts at interesting or informative information, we bring to you something that may appeal to the man's man in your life.  Is the swimming pool filled with beer an Urban Legend?  Apparently not.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Think you're a beer lover? Try making a pilgrimage to Starkenberger Brewery.

Located in a castle in the hills of Austria, the brewery bills itself as a "beer resort" for beer connoisseurs to enjoy history trivia and, of course, drinks.

While immersing yourself in beer culture is one thing, the resort also offers the chance to literally immerse yourself in beer itself. Yes, in the cellars of the castle you'll find seven pools, each measuring 13 feet long and containing 42,000 pints of beer. According to the hotel, these are the world's only beer-filled swimming pools.

While the experience sounds hedonistic at best, the resort maintains there are indeed benefits to swimming in beer: the spirit is rich in vitamins and calcium, and sitting in beer can be good for the skin.

And to answer your question, the brewery advises against drinking from the pool. Regardless, Homer Simpson would surely approve.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:50

To Dive or Not to Dive, that is the question

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A Safer Swim: Deter Diving

From Pools Spas & Patios

Like anything else, including a deep end or diving well in a residential inground swimming pool is a cyclical trend.  It seems that new residential installations either by and large include them for a few years, and then trend away from diving wells toward more recreational or sport pools.  There has been a recent trend in the Platinum Pools market to include more deep ends for diving, and the question that is asked alot of us is "What would you recommend?"

This is a difficult question to answer.  Many people have their reasons for including a deep end for diving, but some haven't properly vetted the issue. While a deep pool can provide the safety required for diving, it also takes away from the shallow or recreational areas of the pool, where the swimmers spend 95% of the time in a swimming pool.

This post from Pools, Spas and Patios gives the most common sense approach, which is that if your patrons intend to dive into your pool, it is incumbent upon you, the inground swimming pool owner, to ensure that they are either a) doing so into a safe area that was designed for diving, or b) they are not allowed to dive into the swimming pool.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Only a small number of backyard pools are actually safe for diving. For an inground pool to be dive-friendly, it needs to have a sufficient and constant depth, with no risk the divers will hit an upslope. The path of the dive should be barrier free and the water clarity should allow for swimmers to see any underwater hazards. No swimmer should ever dive into an above-ground pool, under any circumstances.

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The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz

From How Stuff Works

Many DIY'ers fancy themselves experts in their respective fields.  Whether you consider yourself an expert mechanic because you can re-build your dirt bike engine, an expert carpenter because you were able to fix your deck, or an expert exterminator because you engaged in an all out assault on the pests in your home by systematically setting traps and insecticides everywhere; the do-it-yourselfer always thinks that he/she is able to tackle any situation.  This post from How Stuff Works aims to put the avid DIY inground swimming pool "expert" to the test, by putting them through the paces in the Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz.

Here are some examples of the questions:

What may be the result of regular pool skimming?

How often should you clean the strainer basket?

How can you minimize the growth of algae buildup on pool walls and tile?

Well Inground Swimming Pool expert, how do you think you stack up?  Click here to take the quiz and find out!

MADE FOR SHADE: STYLISH GAZEBOS, CANOPIES, AND PERGOLAS

From Pool & Spa Outdoor

Anyone who has spent a long day sitting in the sun, soaking up the nourishing rays, knows that you can reach your limit.  Children and sun worshippers alike can always hit the point of getting too much of a good thing.  If your inground swimming pool or outdoor living space doesn't have any shaded areas provided by a tree canopy or other shading vehicle, this situation could prematurely end the precious day of fun with the family.  If you live in a seasonal climate, those days are indeed quite precious, as they are severly limited!  To preclude this unfortunate situation, savvy outdoor living enthusiasts can plan for some clever shaded areas of rest by designing and installing stylish structures to complement the outdoor living space.  These structures can take the form of a Gazebo, Canopy, Pergola or Umbrella.  This post from Pool & Spa Outdoor gives some great ideas for designing the perfect shade structure to preserve that precious time with your family.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Summer means spending a lot more time outdoors and having a little fun in the sun. But if you're spending any length of time outdoors during steamy summer days, you'll probably want some shade to get a break from the heat.

Deck, patio, and table umbrellas are a simple option, but if you're looking for something more permanent to add both shade and style to your backyard, consider a gazebo or pergola. Check out these stylish structures for ideas.

Custom Gazebos

Geremia Pools gazebo bridge boulders  come in all different sizes and materials and are the perfect structure to add beauty, shade, and seating to your backyard. Many come with built-in benches for seating, although many homeowners will furnish with outdoor furniture. Since they can stay up year-round, they become a permanent fixture in your backyard.

Left: Set in the middle of a private grove, this large gazebo features a red tiled roof and has an ornate architectural style. Boulder accents and beautiful landscaping give this pool a natural look, while the bridge adds charm to the entire poolscape.

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